Tues. [G]ospel [P]rayer [S]tudy - "broke the five loaves for the five thousand"
GOSPEL - Mk 8:14-21
The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. Jesus enjoined them, “Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” They concluded among themselves that it was because they had no bread. When he became aware of this he said to them, “Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear? And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?” They answered him, “Twelve.” “When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?” They answered him, “Seven.” He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”
PRAYER - The Jesus Prayer
Prayer #8 from the
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Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner.
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Feeding of the Five Thousand: Left Overs
Saint Ambrose says that the number seven, the seven baskets of left overs in Saint Mark’s Gospel, is reserved for the privileged favorites of grace. “There are many souls here below who are incapable of rising, beyond a certain limit, towards the divine and substantial light which is the nourishment of the spirit. To these, therefore – and they are the majority, and are represented by the five thousand men who were present at the first miraculous multiplication – the five loaves of inferior quality are an appropriate food, and one that, by its very number, is in keeping with the five senses, which, more or less, have dominion over the multitude. But, as for the privileged favorites of grace, - as for those men who are not distracted by the cares of this present life, who scorn to use its permitted pleasures, and who, even while in the flesh, make God the only king of their soul, - for these, and for these only, the Bridegroom reserves the pure wheat of the seven loaves, which, by their number, express the plenitude of the holy Spirit, and mysteries in abundance.” 
Does the number seven matter?
Saint Ambrose says that seven is significant because it is on the seventh day that God rested and gave mankind the Sabbath to be at peace and to rest. Our Lord Jesus in giving the beatitudes speaks of peace in the seventh beatitude when He says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”  The seven baskets of left overs therefore “express the plenitude of the holy Spirit, and the mysteries in abundance.” It is in the mystery of Christ that we find true rest and peace. It is through the gift of the seven Sacraments that we live out the mystery of Christ as children of God.
 Abbot Gueranger, O.S.B.; The Liturgical Year; Vol. 11; Time after Pentecost Book II; page 164-165
 Matthew 5:9
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